I picked up a copy of your jam etiquette flyer. Enjoy your tips a lot – Something is really bugging me though. I’ve been playing mandolin about 4 years, and I am fairly serious about it – I’m probably somewhere around advanced – not sure.
Anyway, the monthly jam I really enjoy is the jam I started with. My wife and I go, and we feel we’re pretty well accepted – except I don’t feel I get enough breaks. I’m too shy really to complain. I flip a lot between “man I must still suck pretty bad”, to “they can’t hear me and so they forget about me”, or “he just wants to hot dog”. Anyway the dynamics are a big question mark to me, I really don’t have a clue – I only get three or four breaks on a 3 hour session (except my songs of course). I am reluctant to just force a turn and feel that’s bad karma.